Saturday, July 8, 2023
PRA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – SATURDAY 8 JULY 2023
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Parachute Regimental Association will take place on Sat 8 July 2023 at 10:30.
The meeting is due to start at 1030hrs and all members are encouraged to attend. It will cover the annual financial audit of the accounts and provide updates on Regimental activity.
This meeting will be immediately prior to the Annual Regimental Commemoration Service at the Airborne Forces Memorial at the NMA. Association Members only are permitted to attend.
Regimental Commeoration Day
I look forward once again to all branches supporting the Regimental Commemoration Day at the NMA. Following the retirement from PRA activity by John Carey, this year there is a change to the organisation of the event and RHQ Para will organise and arrange PRA attendance for the daytime activities.
Regimental Commemoration Dinner
Please see separate event ‘Regimental Commemoration Dinner’ to be held on Saturday 8 July at the Royal Court Hotel.
For planning purposes, here is an outline of the timings for the day:
0900 NMA Opens
0930 Tea/coffee available to PRA members attending the AGM
1030-1130 AGM in Aspects Events Facility
1130-1145 Comfort Break / All Standard bearers to report to Parade Marshall (TBC)
1145-1200 PRA Members, Band and Standards to form up ready to march to Memorial
1215-1300 Service at Memorial and wreath Laying
1315-1345 PRA form up for the march past, Col commandant/Asst Col Comdt to take salute
1345-1400 PRA photo on the steps of the main memorial
1400-1600 Lunch (Ticket Holders Only)
1600-1700 Departure of Guests and PRA Members
1700 NMA closes
1900 Regimental Commemoration Dinner (Ticket Holders Only)
Tickets for lunch are subsidised by the PRA (price TBC) for those wishing to attend after the parade. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis as there is not enough room for all those that attend the service.
Tickets can be collected at the PRA reception desk on arrival. When branch representatives are collecting tickets, they must hand in a nominal roll of all those attending, with branch member’s names and PRA membership numbers included. Individual attendees will be able to register their details on the blank forms that will be available on the day.
The cut-off date for tickets will be Monday 19 June 2023, so please book early to avoid disappointment only those who have purchased tickets will be able to attend the lunch after the parade. If you do not wish to purchase the buffet ticket you can either use the NMA Restaurant or bring your own packed lunch.
Tickets can be ordered from Julia Weymouth at RHQ Para by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All cheques are to be made payable to: Support Our Paras. Bank Transfer is available: Sort Code: 16-19-26, Account Number: 17851063
PRA member’s guests lounge suit or blazers beret and medals.
Standard Bearers report to: John Wilson and Tom Brown after the AGM at the rear of the Aspect Events Facility for a quick briefing.
Marshals will direct you to parking areas. None badge holders can also use the main car with now plenty of parking spaces, when full the overspill car park will be available to use. Coaches/Mini Buses can drop of at the designated points by the main entrance drivers will be directed to parking areas.
All cars will have to pay £4 to park all day, this can be done online a: https://www.maximcloud.co.uk/nationalmemorialarboretum/eventslist/
A designated area will be available for wheelchairs and carers to view the service. Blue badge holders will be able to use disabled spaces in the main car park.
There will be a band playing on the day. The identity of the Band is yet to be confirmed.
The Regimental Mascot will be there on the day.